Egyptian critic Essam Zakaria (File Photo: Eslam Omar)
Zakaria, who served as president of the festival in four successive editions from the 19th thru the 22nd - succeeds director Saad Hendawy who led the 23rd edition.
He is a prominent journalist and film critic who wrote dozens of books and articles about international and Arab cinema.
Zakaria has served on the jury for a number of international film festivals and in various capacities for local festivals.
He lectures in various universities and is the author of a number of novels.
The IIFFDS, the first festival of its kind in the Arab World launched in 1991, is organised under the auspices of the National Cinema Centre at the Ministry of Culture.
Dates and film submissions and other details will be revealed in the near future.